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After several rumours of his death surfaced in the Trinidad and Tobago media a few months ago, the ‘Calypso King of the World’ has moved from a coma to the stage.

Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, has been performing on stage at the Kaiso House Calypso Tent for the 2014 carnival season. His debut appearance on Thursday, February 13, 2014, moved the audience at the Queens Park Savannah venue to tears.

Accompanied by his wife Margaret, Sparrow was first warmly greeted by executive members of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), including calypsonian Twiggy, Marvelous Marva and Duane O'Connor. O’Connor had the honour of assisting Sparrow into his jacket moments before his performance.

When the Mighty Sparrow was announced on stage at the start of the second half around 10:30 pm, the audience stood and gave the ‘Calypso King of the World’ a near three-minute ovation. The “Birdie”, as he is affectionately known, delivered a repertoire that included “Saltfish”, “Congo Man” and “Man in de Bedroom”.

Sparrow engaged his audience throughout and even stunned the backup vocalists when he crooned some high notes. The ladies stopped in mid performance and gave him a spontaneous ovation. In fact, Sparrow’s performance was punctuated with three standing ovations.

But as he sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, audience members became visibly moved – some openly wept – including calypsonian Singing Sandra, who sat with some members of the Kaiso House cast to witness his performance.

Sparrow told his appreciative audience, “Its carnival. I can’t miss the carnival.”
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